Archive | February, 2014

February is American Heart Month!

american-heart-monthA healthy heart is a key component to maintaining a healthy body. Older adults are particularly prone to cardiovascular disease, with over 42.2 million older adults having one or more cardiovascular diseases. The average annual rates of cardiovascular disease rise approximately 71% from middle to older adulthood. The vast majority of cardiovascular related deaths occur in people ages 75 and older.

The American Heart Association recommends that older adults should have an ankle-brachial index test every one to two years. The purpose of the test is to identify whether plaque has built between the leg arteries, a less common cardiovascular disease. Watching your weight is another key to managing cardiovascular disease and preventing its onset. Integrating gentle exercise into your daily routine is also integral for maintaining a healthy heart. Older adults should also learn about the warning signs of cardiovascular disease, particularly those associated with heart attack and stroke. If you are caring for an older adult, seek resources to educate yourself and your loved one on risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Changing your daily routine can be difficult if taken on all at once. Aim to make one small change a day.  Particularly if you’re concerned about cardiovascular disease, focus on changing your diet and incorporating exercise. If you smoke, seek help to reduce your nicotine intake. The staggering statistics about cardiovascular disease emphasize the importance of older adults taking preventative measures to ensure the health of their heart.

The Doolittle Home works with our residents individually to ensure that their hearth health is constantly monitored. Through daily checking of vital signs, regular physician visits,  a healthy diet, medicine management and activities for the mind and body, residents of The Doolittle Home enjoy a long and healthy retirement.

Meet Christine Kent, Director of Nursing Services

Christine KentChristine came to Doolittle Home in 1997. A graduate of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Christine began her Doolittle Home career as a night shift nurse. Christine has been Director since 2005, and oversees a staff of 25 nurses, CNAs, as well as the Physical Therapist, Medical Director, Dietician, Social Worker, and Pharmacy Consultant. Christine says, “Working at Doolittle Home is like working with family. We all work together as a team to get the job done. What each of us brings to the residents, makes the difference.”

For more information on The Doolittle Home or to schedule a tour, call Virginia at 508-5443-2694 or click here.

 

References

http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_319574.pdf

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Preventing-Heart-Disease—At-Any-Age_UCM_442925_Article.jsp

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The Doolittle Home Announces Date of Charity Art Auction

Paint-SplatterThe Doolittle Home is pleased to announce that we will be holding a Charity Art Auction on Saturday, March 15 at the Foxboro Country Club. Members and friends of the Foxboro Art Association have generously donated their best works of art for this benefit auction.

Beginning February 1st through the date of the event, all artwork can be viewed at the Boyden Library in downtown Foxboro. In addition, a program with photos of each piece of artwork, the artist name and a value will be distributed upon arrival to the event. The artwork will be displayed at the event for last-minute viewing prior to the start of the auction.

The evening will include a live auction of the artwork by Foxboro residents Kevin Weinfeld and Bill Grieder. Additionally, a special silent auction of non-traditional Homer White paintings will be featured. Music and appetizers are included in the ticket price and there will be a cash bar.

Tickets are $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door, though tickets are limited due to space restrictions. It is recommended to purchase tickets early to ensure admittance to the event.

Advertising is available in the program in a variety of sizes, including family and friends listings, business card sections and full and half pages.

The Doolittle Home is a century-old retirement home dedicated to compassionate elder care. A unique facility, located in downtown Foxboro, the home is recognized as a 501 (C)(3) public charity by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Doolittle Home is open to men, women, and couples regardless of race, religion, or national origin. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible donation will enhance the lives of our elderly residents everyday.

Founded in 1957, the Foxboro Art Association is a non-profit support group that has been part of the local art scene for half a century. The association has more than one hundred members in over twenty surrounding towns.

To purchase tickets or advertising, please contact Virginia at 508-543-2694 or virginia@doolittle-home.org

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